Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2012 Un/Conference Breakouts | Rinal Ray & Leah Lundquist "From Hero to Host: Leading through conversations that matter"

The Minnesota Rising 2012 Un/Conference: Leveraging Expansive Leadership for Our Minnesota was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at DLR Group offices in Minneapolis, MN. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Un/Conference engaged emerging leaders across Minnesota in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers!

Minnesota Rising was pleased to feature some stellar session presenters, including Rinal Ray and Leah Lundquist's breakout entitled "From Hero to Host: Leading through conversations that matter." Following, they share some resources for learning more about the art of hosting conversations!

From Hero to Host: Leading through conversations that matter
Rinal Ray & Leah Lundquist
September 22, 2012


“Leadership in the Age of Complexity.” by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze. 2010. <>

Dave Snowden explains the Cynefin Framework, a way to reframe the context in order to determine the best problem-solving approach:

A video from an Art of Hosting training sponsored by InCommons in Minnesota describes the 4-Fold Practice, the conceptual foundation for the many participatory methods that are considered “hosting” practices:

Art of Hosting Steward Tuesday Ryan-Hart explaining the Chaordic Path:

The concept of Divergence/Convergence in group process acted out by participants in a January 2012 University of Minnesota Art of Hosting training:

“The Art of Powerful Questions: Catalyzing Insight, Innovation and Action.” By Eric Vogt, Juanita Brown & David Isaacs. 2009.

To learn more about Art of Hosting:
Art of Hosting is a practice of looking for the deep patterns around groups that work and creating meetings where people can do their best work together.  Practically, it is a fusion of some very powerful participatory facilitation tools and practices (appreciative inquiry, world café, proaction café, open space technology, and circle practice).  Used together, they are a flexible way to help people lead and help groups move into connection and deep conversation and action fast. It has come from a group of practitioners who were looking for ways to support the people they were working with to work at the boundary of connection and innovation.

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